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How to get a txt/sms message when an Azure service goes down

Over the last few weeks a number of services I have deployed to Azure have experienced difficulty. Luckily I have pretty good monitoring on my apps that notified me of the problem.

What I really wanted was a way to correlate between my apps having issues and any known problems with Azure. Luckily Azure has a number of excellent status feeds that are available for monitoring their services. With a little help from http://ifttt.com we can set up an alerting system so that you can get a txt/sms message when the monitoring feed changes.

Here are my shared recipes so that you set them up for yourselves

https://ifttt.com/recipes/224263-azure-website-monitoring

https://ifttt.com/recipes/224264-azure-sql-database-monitoring

If you use different services then you need to get the feed url for each service and add them into your recipe. The full status board below has all the different services listed, if you click on the orange feed icon this will take you to the feed. Just copy the url from your browser into the url box in the ifttt recipe.

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/status/

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